The New York Jets announced that QB Mark Sanchez has undergone season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder Tuesday.
Sanchez released a statement regarding the decision.
“After over seven weeks of hard work and intense rehab, I’ve been advised by Dr. Andrews and other doctors that my shoulder injury clearly needs to be addressed surgically,” Sanchez said in a statement. “The injury was recovering at an encouraging rate early on, and I avoided surgery as long as I could, but ultimately I was counseled by the doctors that they simply would have to repair my shoulder.”
“I’m very disappointed that I can’t be out there to help my team on the field, but I’ll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can. I want to thank Dr. Montgomery, Dr. Andrews, Dr. Burns and Jets trainer John Melody for helping me through this process and advising me along the way. All doctors expect a full recovery and I look forward to getting back on the field. Until then, Go Jets!”
- Rapoport mentions that is still hoping to delay the procedure another week or two in the hope that he could still rehab the injury and prevent surgery.
- Rapoport adds that Sanchez met with Dr. James Andrews Monday.
- He would miss anywhere from four-six months if he were to undergo surgery.
The Jets placed Sanchez on short-term injured reserve with the designation return a few weeks ago. Sanchez is an obvious release candidate following the season, so I’m sure he would like to have a shot at boasting his stock even slightly at some point later in the season.
Rookie QB Geno Smith has had his fair share of ups and downs this season, but the fact that he’s already thrown eight interceptions to go along with three lost fumbles is quite concerning. If Sanchez is able to return at some point, you would have to think the Jets would at least consider playing him, depending on how Smith is doing by then.